Ryan Cloete


ryan cloeteRyan Cloete is a journalist based in Cape Town who writes for The Careers Portal and The Skills Portal. He received an Advanced Diploma in Journalism at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology in 2021. Ryan has also previously worked as an on-air contributor at One FM.

As a journalist, Ryan's ultimate goal is to work for a publication that makes a difference in the lives of people. Working at Portal Publishing has provided him with an opportunity to do this and kick start his hopefully long career in news. He also enjoys reading, having a good laugh with friends and watching sporting events.

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Ryan's Articles:

The South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) revealed that all applicants applying for the Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant will be subjected to tests to ensure they qualify for the grant. One status that applicants have been receiving is "exclusionary response found". 


More than 250 000 young people gained jobs through a government employment initiative in partnership with the Department of Basic Education (DBE). The continuation of the initiative is now in doubt as the education department revealed its latest plans.


The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (Nsfas) provides bursaries to hundreds of thousands of students from poor and working-class backgrounds. However, Nsfas students only receive funding for a limited amount of time, according to the N+ rule. 



The Basic Conditions of Employment Act (BCEA) guides employers and employees in South Africa around fair employment labour practices. However, does this legislation extend to teaching assistants employed at schools in the country?

In 2021, the Department of Basic Education (DBE) acknowledged that the closeness of learners to each other in the classroom, and overcrowding, are factors that can increase the risk of Covid-19 infection.

In the fourth quarter of 2021, the rate of unemployment among youth stood at a staggering 66.5%. It is widely believed that entrepreneurship is key to improving the lives of youth.  


The Covid-19 pandemic has impacted the lives of South Africans in several ways. However, the latest announcement from the health department will see many of the regulations dropped.


Research from Stellenbosch University suggests that around 45% of teachers will retire by 2030. To replace the loss of these teachers, tertiary education institutions will need to produce 50 000 teachers per year by 2030.


The implementation of the Senior Certificate could have ceased as early as 2023, as the higher education department readied itself for the implementation of its replacement.


The prospects of finding a job in South Africa is difficult enough as the unemployment rate hovers around 34%. This rate only rises when taking a look at youth and especially individuals who have not completed Grade 12. One initiative introduced to help young people obtain their Grade 12 qualification will now be supported to ensure greater success.


The impact of the July 2021 riots in KwaZulu-Natal and parts of Gauteng continue to be felt in South Africa. This as some businesses have not yet received their insurance payouts which directly impacts their ability to recover.


The Department of Home Affairs (DHA) will reinforce South Africa’s transit visa rules after years of its absence. This comes in the wake of a scandal involving the arrest of a man with a fake passport.


Taxation is an important tool for countries to ensure they have the necessary funds needed to provide essential services to their citizens. It's almost that time of year again, tax season.


While equitable access to Covid-19 vaccines was described as a human imperative by UNICEF, many poorer countries were not able to procure potentially life-saving doses of the vaccine, as rich countries hoarded vaccines. However, South Africa is now making progress.


Parents in Gauteng will be submitting online school applications to help their children secure a placement for the 2023 school year. The education department in the province has provided parents with some tips for their applications.


It is estimated that more than 40% of South Africa’s population are recipients of a social grant from the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa). However questions have been raised around the ability of the agency to deliver services effectively in rural areas.

Ministers, deputy ministers and parliamentarians will be pleased after President Cyril Ramphosa accepted recommendations which will result in an increase in their remuneration. However, the move has not been well received.


South Africa’s largest distance university has announced the registrations for several academic programmes will be opened soon. This affords prospective Unisa students the opportunity to further their education and achieve their academic goals.


Not knowing which school your child will be attending the following year can cause great stress and anxiety for parents around the country. One provincial education department has explained why this week is crucial in alleviating the anxiety of parents.


After months of waiting, beneficiaries of the Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant found out that they will soon receive outstanding grant payments for successful reconsideration requests. This means outstanding payments for June and the backlog related to April and May will also be addressed.